The Project Run and Play shop just got a little sweeter! The Theodor Raglan Sweatshirt from Bobbins and Buttons is part of the latest batch to hit the shop. You’ll have to excuse me while I go sew up a million!
The Theodor is a unisex pattern that comes in sizes 12 months- 12 years. It’s got classic raglan styling and is a looser, easy fit.
You can’t go wrong with a good raglan, amiright? They are right up there with the easiest things to sew and they are always, always in style.
They are also perfect for using up all those precious scraps. This sweatshirt is a mix of some of my favorite fabrics. That’s glorious Raspberry Creek oatmeal french terry for the body (I know we’re all waiting anxiously for it to arrive this year). The sleeves are from another shop local to me, Design Co. Fabrics that I picked up during the early quarantine months. Looks like most of their french terry has sold out (they’re a clearance shop that sometimes gets amazing one time buys in) but I’m glad I snagged some while I could. This teal is nice and muted and oh so perfect. The rib knit is from the ever popular ISEE Fabrics, another shop that has grown incredibly fast these last few months. This particular color is currently sold out as well but join their Facebook group for all the latest stocking news. So basically, I’m the worst and all my fabrics are not available BUT I couldn’t resist this amazing combination and I knew my little man would flip over it. And this pattern really is good enough to cut into those fabrics you’ve been holding onto forever!
I sewed up a straight size 8 and I love how it fits. It’s slightly oversized and that makes it extra comfy! It also means that maybe, just maybe it will fit him through the whole winter. I also love the big wide cuffs and neckband. They really add so much to the look. I added extra top stitching to his top- I like the finished look and it takes just a few minutes longer. All in all, this pattern can be cut and sewn in a nap time for sure! It’ll probably take you longer to decide on your fabrics than to sew it up!
My little man loved his sweatshirt enough to model it in scorching heat. Well, it was that and the fact that he got Takis as his after shoot treat! A little bribery goes a long way with this boy.
It’s been awhile since this kiddo was on the blog and I’m excited to share this fun project with you! The Riley Blake Destinations line is a travel based collection and we had to jump in on the tour. This whole COVID thing has definitely put a damper on our travel plans but we’re doing our best to keep positive and keep exploring any way we can. This line has us itching to hit the road again!
When looking through the prints in this line, my little guy picked out a few that he loved. The Destinations Map print is subtle and so fun. He went with blue but there are 6 different colorways of this print so you have plenty to choose from!
For a contrast, he picked the United States Destinations in black. We loved looking at all the places and seeing just how many he’s visited. So many iconic destinations added to his must see list and it was fun to see that in his few short years he’s already seen so many too. There’s a World Destinations print too that’s full of all those bucket list places you’ve been dying to visit.
For his hoodie I used the Shwin Designs Submarine Pullover. I made it once before and it was such a hit. For this version, I let him dictate all of the details. I slimmed the sleeves slightly and then had him try on the shell to see how he wanted it finished. He picked to skip the elastic hem and buttons on the placket. I’m always game when their preferences mean less work for me! I love that this looks like a mini Vero top! This is the biggest size and I’m sad he won’t be able to have a closet full as he grows.
Make sure you head to Riley Blake to check out the amazing panels available with this line. I’ve never been so tempted to start quilting! From San Francisco to New York and London, so many of my favorite destinations to choose from.
It’s no secret I love me a good graphic tee! Getting creative and firing up my Cricut makes me so happy. I had the chance to sit down and design six graphics for the latest Project Run and Play collection and boy, was it a blast!
I was designing these graphics as winter was coming to an end and spring was in the air. Dreaming of sunshine and long summer days was the perfect respite for those dreary days. Throw in a pandemic and these sayings and graphics really got me through.
The whole digital design collection is fifteen super fun warm weather themed graphics that work great for the whole family. I can’t wait to grab some of the other designs to make some cute tees for the summer.
Fabric for the tees was provided by Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love their white cotton lycra- it’s not too thick, but it’s opaque and the perfect base for creating. My vinyl was all from my local vinyl shop, Vinyl Outlet, and I used Iron-On Turbo Flex vinyl because I LOVE the colors it came in. Super fun pastels that totally matched my retro vision.
The tee is the Lemon Tee from the Project Watercolor Beach collection. It’s such a great basic unisex tee that is full of fun color blocking options too. I did the banded sleeves for a ringer tee look that really added to the vintage feel of the graphics. I sized up one for my middle daughters for a relaxed fit but the others are true to their measurements. And yes, I made sizes 8, 9, and 10… crazy that they’re years apart but similar in chest sizes!
These shots are some of my favorites of my kiddos! They just epitomize the summer kid life to me and I know I’ll treasure these pics forever!
Thanks for stopping by and letting me share all this cuteness! Hop on over to the Project Run and Play shop and get creating!
I had the opportunity to sew up six of the ten patterns for the LookBook and I’m loving the variety. If you haven’t had a chance to browse through the LookBook I highly recommend grabbing a beverage and kicking up your feet while you peruse the amazing inspiration. There are so many incredible makes from the designers, other past PRP participants, and testers. Audrey does such a fantastic job putting these together.
Let’s start with the swimsuits! Summer is here and we can’t wait to hit the water. I sewed up two version of the Viridian Swimsuit and this pattern rocked our world. I’m always reaching for my RCF CLUB swim prints but went simple this time with RCF solid swim fabric. For this suit I used deep licac, light blue, and blossom pink solids. Big sister got a classic dusty olive. I love the weight and quality of RCF swim fabrics and these solids are no exception. The matte finish is my favorite and really ups the look of quality and design. There are so many colors to choose from too!
As we browsed our favorite clothing sites this spring, there were so many that could be recreated using this adorable pattern. One piece maillot- check. Two piece color-blocked- check. Ruffles- check and check. Racerback OR scoopback- of course. So many options and looks can be created with this one incredible pattern.
It comes in sizes newborn- 12 years- can you just imagine the tiny baby rolls in this suit?!
My cute little tweens were so happy with their suits. One wanted sweet and feminine and one wanted sassy and sporty. I love that this one pattern gave us both!
For this suit I used pieced front top and bottoms and scoop back. I also used the optional bands and found that adding 3/4″ elastic to them helped keep them in place.
Sophie got a pieced front top with optional ruffles and racerback and solid bottoms. She’s particularly hard to fit and we were both so happy to have an age appropriate suit that looks fantastic on her growing body.
Charlie loves his new Cobalt Board Shorts. They have a grown-up look to them and finishes that we both love. This tonal teal grey and white stripe fabric gives these shorts a ready-to-wear look. It was fun to play with the stripe placement and he loves teal so we made sure to get as much teal as we could showing.
The Cobalts are a unisex pattern in sizes newborn-12 featuring multiple front closure options, pockets, and two length options. I did the flat front, elastic back Bermuda length. I’ve sewn my share of boy swimsuit patterns and this one is up there near the top as far as fit and construction.
The Chromium Cropped Hoodie was just perfect paired with board shorts. Now let’s talk about a pattern with options…this pattern has got them! It’s a unisex pattern and comes in sizes newborn to 16. You can do a hoodie (with ears if you want!), funnel neck, cowl or crew, and either cropped or full length as well as short or long sleeved.
I think there’s nothing better than slipping on a cozy hoodie after a day at the pool so we went with a long sleeve, full length (with rolled hem), and a hood. Cozy perfection in this light grey french terry.
The Coral Wrap Dress is another pattern that is full of choices. You can sew up a top, skirt, or knee, midi, or maxi dress. It fits sizes 1-14 and can be dressed up or down. We love it as a swim cover-up that also doubles as the perfect casual dress too!
This tie dye double brushed poly print was the starting point for our looks and I just can’t get enough of it. I want a whole wardrobe out of it! The subtle pastel colors are so so pretty and it was just meant for this dress pattern.
The Golden Dress is such a classic silhouette. It features dolman sleeves, elastic waist and a-line skirt. In sizes 12 months- 14 years, it’s a simple dress that can be worn as a swim cover-up or an easy-to-wear everyday dress.
The first time I saw this challis print I knew it needed to be a swim coverup of some kind. It’s so light and breezy and was perfect for this pattern. I lends a little maturity to this pattern and will be something she can wear for years as she grows.
Make sure you pick up these patterns and support the Project Run and Play shop! These designers have worked so hard to get these patterns out there and I’m thrilled to be able to be associated with them.
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An amazing Love Notions sale at the same time as a new Raspberry Creek fabric line is cause for a little celebrating! All patterns (except the newly revamped Rhapsody) are on sale for 40% off through tomorrow, Sunday May 10th. 40% off!!! That’s impossible to pass up. I decided to use a variety of kids patterns for some super fun outfits for my kiddos.
First, I sewed up the Girl’s Tidal Top and Tank. I sewed up a batch of these in testing but always forget about this fun pattern. It’s so fun to mix prints and has lots of options- Tunic, top, and dress length as well as tank, sleeveless, and short sleeves. Like most Love Notions kids patterns, it comes in sizes 2t-16, one of my favorite things since my girls are creeping near the top end of most children’s size charts. There’s a ladies version that I love as well!
I used this pretty Vintage Tropical Floral print (there are SOOOOO many gorgeous florals in this line it was nearly impossible to pick!) paired with Salmon Painted Check Gingham and solid salmon jersey for the bands. I love pairing florals with other fun prints and this gingham is so cute! It coordinated so good with both the cupcakes and sprinkle prints too.
My little guy got a comfy new outfit too! He’s been wearing things for multiple days during this strange stay at home time. It’s been amazing on laundry. He only wants to wear the most comfortable clothes though. This outfit made the cut!
I used the Tie Dye Sports Balls in french terry for his shorts and heathered grey and teal solid jerseys for his tee.
I sewed up the Sprint Muscle Shirt for the first time and we both absolutely love it! I can’t wait to make some for my girls too. The front color blocking detail is sporty and so fun. You can do it with or without the hood and front color blocking. I think my girls need a cute graphic muscle tee- think rocker-style!
For the shorts I used the Thomas Track Pants basic short variation. I love that this pattern works for both knit and woven. It’s fantastic for jammies and it worked great for these easy to wear lounge shorts. I used 1.5″ elastic in the waistband just per personal preference and cut the legs 2″ above his knee. We rolled them quickly for these pics and I’ll make sure to tack the hems up on the side seams. He tried these on and has refused to take them off. Good sign but leaves little details like hems for later, lol!
The girls fell in love with the whole Sweet Treats line by Brittney Laidlaw. They both needed new summer pj’s and this line was just perfect for them.
Payton got a new Luna Loungewear set. This pattern has extended plus sizing which is so hard to find for kids. It has a cami, nighty, capri, short and bralette all included. I used the cami and capri’s for this set. Big sis got a set in testing that she is still wearing all these years later. They’ve been such a favorite! There’s also a ladies version if you want to treat yourself too!
This little miss was smitten with the Cupcake print. It’s such an adorable print! The colors are absolutely amazing. I struggled when picking coordinates because it goes with ALL the pinks! It’s adorable with lighter hues but this girl needed a little something bright and cheery so I went with fuchsia jersey for the main cami and light pink for the straps.
Big sis got a new set of Namaste pj’s. She rotates between her Luna capris (that are now bermuda shorts) and her Namaste set each night so I knew she needed another set to throw in there. (There’s a ladies version of this pattern as well and I LOVE my set!).
The Namaste pattern features a faux crossover top and matching detail on the pant. There are short and long sleeves as well as shorts and full length pants. There is also a night shirt view. I added a couple of inches to the length of these shorts (I sewed up a size 10 width but she’s in a 16 for height!).
This cute sprinkle fabric is like a party in a print! It coordinates with everything! I paired it with solid mint jersey but you could use so many of the other summer prints with it or any of the CLUB basics too. It’s just so cheerful!
It was so nice to get back to my machines and to sew up some old favorites as well as a new favorite too. Love Notions patterns remind me how much I love sewing. They come together easily and always fit me and my kids so well. They’re easy to alter to our liking and are usually no-fuss and so comfortable to wear, especially in RCF CLUB knits. Sewing with CLUB knits is my happy place. They are just the right weight and so easy to sew (no curling or stretching out). A couple of days with Love Notions and RCF was just what this mama needed.
Make sure to grab your Love Notions patterns on sale through tomorrow. You can search my blog for Love Notions pattern to read all about my favorites. These Raspberry Creek prints are also on sale through Wednesday the 13th. What a perfect combination!
Day four is here and I’m so excited for today’s post. Swim capsules are so fun to sew and even more fun to wear. Being able to mix and match pieces gives you so many options and stretches your swim wardrobe so far. Plus it’s amazing for kids and tweens who can’t seem to keep their two-piece suits in one place- just grab any piece and go!
I created two different capsules, one for each of my girls. They each picked their fabrics and I had fun picking patterns to pair with these prints. Raspberry Creek Fabrics offers so many prints that coordinate making it so easy to come up with cute combos. I like to do at least one stripe, a fun print (like the leopard prints or a pretty floral), and a solid or something subtle that will match everything.
I sewed this set up before our trip to Hawaii in January and it was so perfect for our beach days! These pictures make me so wistful for warmer days, traveling, and times when our biggest worry was what flavor of shave ice to get.
For this set I used the Made for Mermaids Calypso pattern. It’s one of my go-tos (you can see our other versions here and here) and it was easy to customize. These are a size 10 with a 12 length. For the bottoms I cut on the plain high-waisted height but still added the band to give it a little more height. This girl is very conservative and likes to be covered. Her tops are all Calypso tops as well. The pink stripe is the view A double flounce. For the leopard top I simple used only the long flounce pieces and omitted the top layer. The orange stripes is a view B bandeaux top. I highly recommend this pattern if you are new to sewing or just a little timid when sewing swim. The pattern is full of tips and the techniques used are now my default way for doing things. All of the pieces are lined (the tops I just did the front bandeaux piece and the bottoms are fully lined) and the way you put them together all of the side seams are nice and hidden making them even more comfortable.
I can’t get over how much I love this set! It’s so cheery and a little bit unexpected. She loved wearing these pieces on our trip and I know they’ll be worn a ton when we finally get some warm days.
Both of these bottoms are the Roxy bottoms from Made for Mermaids. They are a size 10 with a band added to the top. She was right in between an 8 and 10 for waist and hips so I sized up since we’re at the start of the season. They are slightly big and the added band brings them in a bit. This time for the band, I trimmed off the top of both the front and back pieces and then added the band by sewing my elastic in the round, folding the band pieces over it and serging it on. For the tie on the pink pair, I added a couple of inches to the wide end that gets sewn into the side seams so that our bow would be a little longer.
This top is the Calypso with the single long flounce. It’s just so cute and quick to sew that I can’t help making a million of them.
For the rash guard I used my slimmest tee pattern which is the Modkid Perfect Tee. I sewed it exactly per the pattern instructions (adding a lining to the front piece) and in her current size (size 10). I personally like mine a bit more fitted but she was really happy with a bit looser fit.
Let’s talk about the Cottesloe. These pieces are the view D high waisted bottoms with the high scoop back top in a size 9 with 11 length. I tested this pattern last year and it was one of her favorite suits. I do have a couple of issues with this pattern. First there are no trunk measurements which makes it really hard to determine the right size for length. I laid one of our one-piece patterns that fits well on top of this one piece and it was at least 3-inches too short (if I used the longest size Cottesloe). For that reason, I’ll be sticking to the two piece for my girls. I also measure my own elastic for the waist and lower bodice. I cut pieces three inches longer than the pattern called for based on her size.
The Cottesloe has much more negative ease than other patterns that I’ve used. These are the slightly too big Roxy bottoms under the Cottesloe’s. There’s quite the difference but both fit just fine. The Cottesloe’s are stretched much more and the Roxy’s are only stretched a bit across her bottom.
These sets just have me wishing and dreaming of another beach vacation and lazy days in the sun!
Thanks for joining us this week! Make sure you use code SWIMTOUR to get 15% off you swim fabrics order this week.
We’re halfway through the Suit Up for Summer Blog Tour. Do you have a favorite suit you’ve seen yet? Are you making plans for your own swimsuit sewing? I don’t know about you but my list of patterns to try continues to grow with each post!
Today I want to share a few of my favorite suit patterns. I sewed suits up for my four youngest kids this tour (I have the fabric ready to go for my oldest but with limited sewing time he’ll get his a bit later). In sewing so many suits, I had a few patterns jump out as favorites.
First, I want to talk about the Men’s Swim Trunks by 5 out of 4. I sewed these up last year for my oldest and he loved them so when looking for a pattern for this growing boy I turned to them again. He’s now sized out of most boy patterns and is on the small end of men’s patterns. I used a size small and made a couple of adjustments.
He requested this checker fabric but really wanted a plain black waistband. This pattern has you sew on a separate inner waistband piece that gets flipped all the way to the inside. To meet his request I took length off the front and back rise and doubled the width of the waistband piece to make a separate waistband casing. I then sewed it on like a band and left an opening for the elastic. I skipped grommet holes and added a faux drawstring. This pattern calls for 1.5″ elastic in the waist and I think it was perfect. I think after sewing all the board shorts for this tour I need to stock up on that size elastic!
I skipped all of the pockets and kept these nice and simple. I did chop three inches off of the length to get this length on him. The pattern doesn’t have height measurements but instead has finished inseam measurements to help you get the look you want.
If you are looking for a men’s swim trunk pattern, this is a great pattern to work with. It’s a nice base if you want to play around with it too.
The swim briefs are unlike most boy patterns in that they are sewn with regular stretch swim fabric. My little guy LOVES how comfy they are!
This is a size 7/8 in the wider width (the upper sizes have both a regular and wide fit). I skipped the real drawstring and sewed my signature faux drawstring (nothing worse than loose drawstrings falling out). These are not lined- they were my tester for yesterdays pair and RCF swim fabric is nice and opaque so I knew they’d still be wearable. I did line the next pair with sport mesh and he loves them either way.
I was nervous he’d miss the brief-type of liner but he really prefers these over them. He’s a boxer brief kinda kid so this feels natural and comfortable to him.
Let’s talk about the Narwhal. It’s so full of options and with each new version I see I now feel the need to sew them ALL. She’s declared this her favorite suit I’ve ever made her! That makes this momma over the moon!
I sewed the one-piece version with the pieced front and criss-cross detailing. This is a size 8 chest blended to a 10 in hips, waist, and trunk. I loved all the measurements included, with loads of finished garment measurements. This makes it so much easier to get a good fit on kiddos that don’t fall into one size.
I skipped the criss-cross back detail and simply sewed my straps right onto the back binding. Believe it or not, I’m not sure I’ve sewn a swimsuit with binding since my very first suit years and years ago. I’ve been avoiding them like the plague! Turns out- they’re not so scary! I used my twin needle on my sewing machine and they really were pretty easy. Not perfect but still good.
For these suits I sewed up the lemons (paired with the solid yellow swim). I think navy, yellow, and kelly green are one of my favorite combos. So preppy and classic! This is right up there as one of my favorite RCF swim prints ever.
Make sure to head to the other blogs sharing all their cute makes today.
It’s Day Two and I’m feeling so uplifted already. Yesterday’s posts were so enlightening and relatable. I loved the creativity and it’s so heartwarming knowing that we’re all in this crazy situation together. Sending you all lots of love from my little corner of the internet.
He picked all of these fabrics. My kids are lucky to get to see the previews and they all end up with lists of their favorite prints. This guy was adamant that he get Sharks, Surfboards, Pirates, and Checkers (to match big brother of course!). I’m always happy to sew up as much swim as possible!
This is the Linden Shorts. This is a size 8 cut at the skirt ruffle hemline and I used the full elastic waistband and added the swimsuit liner from the add-on pack. I used 1-inch elastic in the waistband although it calls for 1.5″ (I highly recommend sticking with the 1.5″). The fit on these is good. The rise is a little shorter than the others so if your little one tend to need more room I would recommend adding a bit of height to the rise. I like that these are a little slimmer through the leg too.
These are the 5 out of 4 Kids Swim Trunks. This is a straight size 8 shorter length with inseam pockets. His biggest complaint with these is that the hole for the pocket opening is so small he can’t fit his hand in. I’m also not a big fan of the 2″ elastic waistband, I think it’s a bit too wide for his size and he complained about it too but that’s an easy thing to switch out next time. Overall, the fit of these is good. The rise is better on him than the Linden’s and with those little tweaks this will be a great pattern for his body.
These are the Peek-A-Boo School’s Out Shorts. For these I sewed a size 7 and cut them at the 6 mos. knee length line (it’s about an inch longer than the short cut line). I sewed up the Lowland Kids Swim Boardieslast year for him and just love this style. He said the Boardies were too short so I wanted to give the PAB pattern a try again (he had this pair from two years ago). These might be my favorite! I think this style in the Surfboard print is just perfection! They sew up super quick (no hemming, yay!) and I love the look of the bias trim. He did complain that the elastic around the thighs of the liner was too tight but that’s something I can fix in the future as well.
The Lowland Kids Swim Briefs are different from the other patterns in that it uses regular stretch swim fabric. I’ve always loved the Sew Like My Mom Palm Euros and this pattern is a great alternative as he gets older and has a strong opinion on what he wears (no tight suits for him!). The pattern comes with a regular (slim) option and a wider option for sizes 6/7-9/10. This is a 7/8 in the wider option. I did a pocket band instead of binding and skipped the drawstring holes in the waistband. I love this pattern but did really struggle with the waistband- like unpicking it a million times and setting it in time out so I could pour me a stiff drink (Coke on the rocks with a little Coconut creamer for good measure). It was a lot of slippery layers and it was tricky to stretch the elastic to fit but not impossible and it does leave a nice clean finish at the waist. He declared this suit his favorite and definitely the most comfortable. The soft swim fabric I’m sure is so much softer against the skin than board short fabric and that’s a huge plus for this kid that lives in sweatpants everyday.
Are you sewing for boys? Is there any other patterns we should test out? I’m pretty sure we found some keepers with this group and I’m sure he’ll be asking for more come summer time.
Today’s other bloggers are sure to inspire you. Head over to the Raspberry Creek blog for the latest post and don’t forget to hit up IG for today’s giveaway!
It’s time for one of my favorite blog tours- the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Suit Up for Summer tour! My love of sewing swimsuits runs deep and I live for this week to sew and share my love with you all.
Stay tuned to the end of this post for all the details of this week long tour including all the amazing bloggers joining in, a tour-exclusive fabric discount and giveaway info!
Karly of Paisley Roots and I have been prepping for this tour for months. We’ve been excited to share the amazing suits that our tour bloggers have been working on. With the events of the last few weeks, we hesitated to move forward with the tour but after a collective vote we all agreed that the world needs a little sunshine right now.
I don’t know about you but the act of sewing swimsuits for me is an act of faith. I usually start in February or March to ensure that my family is set once the warm weather hits. Sewing swimwear when it’s snowing and temperatures are freezing is showing a hope and faith that sunny summer days are coming soon. It helps me beat that winter gloom just imagining my family together at the swimming pool or lounging on the beach. This year that faith is even stronger as we’re living with such an uncertain future. I know that there will be pool days and laughter ahead. The sun will shine bright and I won’t take for granted when my extended family gathers for a swim at Grammy’s pool. I’ll savor the play dates at the splash pad and splashing on the trampoline with the sprinklers. I have hope and know that we will all be so grateful for each and every day of normalcy.
This week, I’ll be bringing you a post everyday that will hopefully inspire you to get sewing and look towards your own sunny days ahead. Today I’m sharing some fun family coordinating suits. I’ll share more details on each suit later this week but for now want to get your mind going with all of the cute fabric combinations available at RCF.
I love that each RCF fabric release has coordinating collections within it. It helps take the guesswork out of matching prints. It’s also fun to find your own group of prints and basics that work perfectly together since all of the RCF designers use our CLUB basics for the colors of their prints. I’m loving all of the black and white prints this year and was happy that my kids each picked some as their favorites. My teenage son picked the Black and White Checker Print for his suit and I was thrilled when the other three chose prints that went so well with it. For his suit I used the board short base but for little brother’s I used the stretch swim base. Big sister is wearing Coral Palm Leaves paired with Black and White Micro Stripes. Little Sis fell hard for the Blossom Pink and Sage Palm Trees that match perfectly with the Blossom Pink Solid. I love that these all look great together but aren’t too over-the-top as a whole.
This year is a year of milestones for my little family. My husband and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage in September. My kids will turn 18, 16, 13, 11, and 8 and so many of those birthdays will bring big celebrations and important events. There will be a high school graduation and an elementary school graduation as well. I’ll gain a new teenager and officially have an adult child. Just typing that all out has me teary-eyed! How did I get so lucky and where have all the years gone!
When I saw Riley Blake’s new Called to Serve line I knew it’d be perfect for this upcoming year of mine. My oldest has already started preparing to serve a two-year mission for our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He’s attending extra classes on Sunday, doing the necessary medical forms, and is getting excited to serve the Lord. As much as this breaks my mama heart to send him away that long, there isn’t another thing in the world I’d rather him do.
When thinking about what I could tuck into his suitcase, I knew a simple pillowcase would be perfect. It folds up small, will wash up great, and will be a nightly reminder of how much his mom loves him. Each night as his exhausted head hits his pillow, he will be reminded of why he’s there and how much he’s loved at home. I love all of the uplifting sayings on this print and the message that he’s there to serve. The classic simple designs are so universal and not too juvenile. It’s just too good!
I used the Free Roll-up Pillowcase tutorial on the Riley Blake website. I love that the inside is full of clean finishes so I can be confident that this will hold up throughout his mission. It was a simple project that I think I will have to use in the future too! I think it’s a great beginners project and one my kids would enjoy sewing themselves.
My youngest will be getting baptized this year and has just really begun to study the scriptures on his own. He likes to read them at bedtime or sometimes listens to them on his devices too. I sewed up a pocket pillow that’s perfect for holding his books or Kindle and will be a great reminder each night to do his reading.
Since he shares a room with his big sister she also got a pillow too. I let them pick out which colorway they wanted in the temple print and which coordinates too.
This temple print is gorgeous! The Angel Moroni statues are all metallic gold which I think adds such a pretty touch. It’ll be fun for them to learn about the temples and identify which ones are on this print. As we travel around the country, we always try to stop by and visit each temple so they’ll get a kick out of seeing the ones we’ve seen in person.
For this pillow I roughly followed a tutorial in Melissa Mortenson’s book Project Teen. Her tutorial used a full size pillow but I wanted to adapt it to a small throw pillow size since my kids beds are full of all of their favorite stuffed animals. This smaller size (12X17) was a great size to hold their book or their device and headphones too. I loved that the pocket didn’t go across the full front of the pillow and I was able to customize their pillows with a little Cricut vinyl. This was a great place for my kids to have some input too. They picked the vinyl color and fonts. I really try to let them have a little ownership over our projects in hopes that they love it all the more.
As we embark on this exciting year, I’m up for any and all advice you all have! Do you have your own missionary? Any tips as we prepare? What helped you as a mom prepare? I have a feeling I’ll be sewing my emotions away!
Make sure you check out this new line at your local quilt shops. I keep thinking of all the great gifts it could be used for- scripture totes, quilts, church bags, or temple bags. They’re good for newlyweds, missionaries, new converts, and more. I feel so lucky to have been able to do a project that merged so much of what makes me ‘me’- my family, my hobby, and my religion. Wish me luck this year!